Any blog post celebrating the miracle that was the Fluid has to begin with a major nod in the direction of Dave Clifford's previous ruminations on that most hallowed of Denver rock combos. He ably handled the group's history (how they formed through a collision of that region's best hardcore bands like The Frantix and Urban Waste), the material they recorded and released on various labels (Sub Pop, most notably), and most important of all, he paid due reverence to the utterly blistering live shows they were known for delivering from shore to shore.
To call the Fluid responsible for some of the most monstrous stage performances of the late 80s and early 90s isn't the irresponsible verbage of someone with a limited frame of reference, but a commonly held opinion that'll tumble from the mouth of pretty much anyone who saw them during that time period. They were carelessly lumped in with the grunge phenom, but rather than toiling away with sludgy riffs stuck in first gear, the Fluid tapped heavily into the explosive presence of bands like Black Flag or The MC5 and propelled that energy into lurching rock anthems that summoned absloute hammer-pulsed desperation amongst show-goers. They had the hooks, they had the looks, and they drove the crowd absolutely mental on every occasion I was fortunate enough to see them. If anyone deserves a DVD career retrospective, it's the Fluid. Here are two videos from either end of their all-too-short lifespan that act as suitable evidence to that fact.
The Fluid - "Cold Outside" - Live at Bogart's (Los Angeles), 1989 [Download WMV Video] (10.2M)
The Fluid - "Cop a Plea" - Live at the Gothic Theater (Denver), 1993 [Download WMV Video] (11.5M)
Thanks to Listener Susan for her assistance with this post!